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U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives Overview
The U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives contains approx. 800 cubic feet of paper and photos, misc. digital records, and hundreds of artifacts, digital video and audio files. The fourteen series listed on this page are available for use as of 2022. Issue mail, clippings, and misc. digital records are currently being arranged and described by archivists and students and will become available following their work.
These papers reflect the complex relationship between individuals and state and federal governments. Issues of regional and national importance play out in the interactions among branches of government, within and across party lines in the Senate, and in the Senator’s representation of constituents. Hagel served on several committees addressing domestic and international issues, though his papers cover almost every issue that arose in legislation or in Nebraska. Significant events during his service include impeachment proceedings, the contested 2000 presidential election, September 11, U.S. involvement in two wars, and economic challenges.
Newspaper articles, government documents, 400+ books (available in Archives & Special Collections), and other related material may be found searching the UNO Libraries catalog.
On October 8, 2008, at the kick-off of UNO's centennial celebration, Chancellor John Christensen announced that U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel would donate his papers and artifacts to his alma mater. 1700 boxes of paper and photos, hundreds of VHS and artifacts, and 400+ books arrived from his D.C. and Nebraska offices arrived in December and the work of arrangement and description began.
Using the Hagel Archives
Browse and search finding aids for the following series in the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives.
Administrative files concern the running of Hagel's Nebraska and D.C. senate offices and includes tracking opinion on legislative topics, managing non-legislative correspondence, maintaining a letter library for responding to inquiries, and keeping track of Hagel's awards, board service, and other commitments.
Artifacts include hundreds of framed photographs and cartoons; items from Hagel's offices and family life; and awards, gifts, and other memorabilia from his years in the U.S. Senate and Department of Defense.
Legislative Files cover topics of interest, federal legislation, and local, national, and international events from 1997 to 2009. Significant topics include the Clinton impeachment proceedings in 1998-1999, a contested presidential election in 2000, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic downtown of 2007-2009, and disaster and drought assistance for Nebraska.
Files cover Hagel's twelve years on the committee and include including financial markets post-9/11, financial crisis of 2008, terrorism financing, financial reconstruction of Iraq, housing programs, and urban transit. Official committee records are at the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration.
Files cover Hagel's twelve years on the committee and include nomination hearings for diplomatic officials, treaty considerations, background files on nations, and hearings and meetings on dozens of topics from foreign aid to sanctions to Iraq and Afghanistan. Official committee records are at the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration.
Personal Papers cover Hagel's life before, after, and outside his official duties in the U.S. Senate and U.S. Department of Defense, 1946-2015. They include his service in the U.S. Army, correspondence, family, board positions, memberships, etc.
Schedules bring us into Hagel's busy days as a U.S. senator and include his meetings (with colleagues, staff, constituents, lobbyists, etc.), events, Nebraska trips, international travel, and personal life. Schedules are a hidden gem.
You may support access to and preservation of the legacy of Secretary Chuck Hagel by the UNO Libraries Archives & Special Collections with a designated gift to this fund from the University of Nebraska Foundation.
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